Student Awards and Publications

2016

Jennifer Houle, MA Creative Writing Graduate 2009, wins an East Coast Literary Award

The Back ChannelsJennifer Houle's poetry book The Back Channels (Signature Editions, 2016) was just awarded the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award as part of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia's East Coast Literary Awards.

The J.M. Abraham Poetry Award is given to the best book of poetry by an Atlantic Canadian. 

The awards were announced on May 31, 2017 in Halifax.

You can listen to her interview on CBC Shift here.  

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Sherry Coffey, MA Creative Writing Graduate 2004, wins Historical Fiction Prize

Sherry CoffeySherry Coffey is the winner of the inaugural $1000 King's Landing Prize for Historical Short Fiction. The prize honours an outstanding work of fiction in the category of short story that narrates an awareness of, and appreciation for, an aspect of New Brunswick history and / or our shared heritage.

Coffey received recognition at a ceremony on June 8, 2017 at Government House, the residence of Her Honour, Lieutenant-Governor Jocelyne Roy Vienneau. Here she is pictured with Director of Visitor Experience at King's Landing, Jeff McCarthy. 

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Phillip Crymble, current PhD student, has won The Puritan's Poetry Prize

Current PhD student Phillip Crymble has won The Puritan's Thomas Morton Memorial Prize for Poetry for his poem "Paydays." Judge Jan Zwicky says, "Phillip Crymble has a superb ear. 'Paydays' is a sophisticated piece of linguistic music, rooted in complex elegiac emotion." Read the poem and Zwicky's full comments here.

The Puritan Logo

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Charlie Fiset, former PhD Student, is a 2016 Journey Prize finalist!

Congratulations to Charlie — her story "If I Ever See the Sun," published in The Fiddlehead No. 264 (Summer 2015), has been named a finalist for the 2016 Journey Prize! The award will be announced on November 2. 

Charlie_Journey Finalist

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Phillip Crymble, Current PhD Student, Nominated for Two Book Awards

Congratulations to Phillip Crymble, whose book Not Even Laughter (Salmon Poetry, 2015) was nominated for the inagural New Brunsiwck Book Award for Poetry and the J.M. Abraham Award, the Poetry Book category of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia's East Coast Literary Awards. 

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2015

Emily Bossé, MA Creative Writing Graduate 2014, on Journey Prize Shortlist!

Emily BosséCongratulations to Emily Bossé on being one of three shortlisted finalists for The Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her story "Last Animal Standing on Gentleman's Farm" first published in The Fiddlehead no. 258 (Winter 2014). The story is one of twelve that will be published in the Journey Prize Anthology. The anthology is set to be published by McClelland & Stewart on October 6. The winner will be announced by The Writers' Trust of Canada on November 3.


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Two Recent MA Creative Writing Graduates Longlisted for The Journey Prize!

September 2, 2015 - Congratulations to Emily Bossé and Charlie Fiset, both longlisted for the 2015 Journey Prize for stories originally published in The Fiddlehead. Emily's story "Last Animal Standing on Gentleman's Farm" was published in No. 258 (Winter 2014) and Charlie's story appeared in No. 261 (Autumn 2014).

2015 Journey Prize Congrats

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PhD Student Wins 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry!

June 17, 2015 - Congratulations to Brecken Hancock, whose book Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014) has won the 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. 

Broom Broom

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Current UNB Creative Writing Graduate Student Wins Malahat Review award!

February 6, 2015 - Congratulations to Rebecca Salazar who has won The Malahat Review's 2015 Open Season poetry award for her poem "Synaesthesia." Judge Jan Conn called it "a striking lyrical poem . . . that shook me awake."

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UNB Creative Writing MA Graduate Charmaine Cadeau Wins Relit Award for Poetry!

January 27, 2015 - Charmaine Cadeau (MA Creative Writing, 2003) has won the 2014 Relit Award for Poetry. The Relit Awards recognize the best of independent Canadian Publishing. Charmaine has won for her poetry collection Placeholder (Brick Books, 2013). 

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Katie Fewster-Yan, Current MA Creative Writing Student, Wins The Puritan Poetry Prize

Congratulations to Katie, winner of the Thomas Morton Prize for Poetry, given by The Puritan Magazine, for her poem "PR." Judge Ian Williams had this to say about the poem: “As a lesson in technique, Katie Fewster-Yan models the right positioning of the self in poetry, neither invisible nor exposed. On first reading, ‘PR’ is like an inconsolable, wailing baby. It pierces your attention and ransacks your composure right to its oddly arrogant and uncertain last line. And it gets better on subsequent readings." Read the poem here

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Emily Bossé, MA Creative Writing Graduate 2014, on Journey Prize Shortlist!

Emily BosséSeptember 29, 2015 - Congratulations to Emily Bossé on being one of three shortlisted finalists for The Writers' Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her story "Last Animal Standing on Gentleman's Farm" first published in The Fiddlehead no. 258 (Winter 2014). The story is one of twelve that will be published in the Journey Prize Anthology. The anthology is set to be published by McClelland & Stewart on October 6. The winner will be announced by The Writers' Trust of Canada on November 3.


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Two Recent MA Creative Writing Graduates Longlisted for The Journey Prize!

September 2, 2015 - Congratulations to Emily Bossé and Charlie Fiset, both longlisted for the 2015 Journey Prize for stories originally published in The Fiddlehead. Emily's story "Last Animal Standing on Gentleman's Farm" was published in No. 258 (Winter 2014) and Charlie's story appeared in No. 261 (Autumn 2014).

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PhD Student Wins 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry!

June 17, 2015 - Congratulations to Brecken Hancock, whose book Broom Broom (Coach House, 2014) has won the 2015 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. 

Broom Broom

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UNB Creative Writing Graduate Student Wins Malahat Review award!

February 6, 2015 - Congratulations to Rebecca Salazar who has won The Malahat Review's 2015 Open Season poetry award for her poem "Synaesthesia." Judge Jan Conn called it "a striking lyrical poem . . . that shook me awake."

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UNB Creative Writing MA Graduate Charmaine Cadeau Wins Relit Award for Poetry!

January 27, 2015 - Charmaine Cadeau (MA Creative Writing, 2003) has won the 2014 Relit Award for Poetry. The Relit Awards recognize the best of independent Canadian Publishing. Charmaine has won for her poetry collection Placeholder (Brick Books, 2013). 


2014

UNB Creative Writing MA Graduate Frances Itani on Giller Shortlist!

October 6, 2014 - Congratulations to Francis Itani, whose novel Tell has made the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist! That's two years in a row that UNB Creative Writing graduate has made the shortlist, as Craig Davidson made it last year for his novel Cataract City. This year's winner will be announced on November 10. 

Tell


Current PhD Student Phillip Crymble Named City of Fredericton's Poet Laureate for April 2014

Phillip CrymbleApril 14, 2014 - At Fredericton's city council's first meeting in April, The Fiddlehead's poetry co-editor Phillip Crymble was introduced as Fredericton's first poet laureate, a position that coincides with national poetry month.

Mayor Woodside welcomed Crymble by saying, "We're really pleased about two things: number one, you're living with us, and selected to call Fredericton home, and second, that you're here tonight to enlighten us."

Part of his role will be to read a commissioned poem to be read at the next council meeting on April 28.


Creative Writing Alumni Matthew Heiti's Book Reviewed in Globe and Mail

The City Still Breathing, by Matthew Heiti, Coach House Books, 155 pages, $18.95

Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail, February 14, 2014

Two constables find a dead body, naked and unidentified, by the side of Highway 17, only to somehow lose it in the police station parking lot. That’s the setup for Matthew Heiti’s dark but loving ode to 1980s Sudbury: as the corpse is found, lost, sought, found and lost again over one winter day it becomes our guide to the city – its dive bar, hockey arena, police diner, the public school – and 11 lives it throws awry. Everyone is at an impasse (even the elementary school kids); at least two are looking to escape – but a corpse is not quite as easy a metaphor as you might expect. The characters do find something in one another in the end, even if it is a black kind of redemption in the midst of another, strangely circular death.


2013

Creative Writing Alumni Richard Kemick wins Grain Magazine's Poetry Award

November 15, 2013 - Richard's winning poem "A Note Left on the Dresser" was just published in Grain 41.2 (Fall 2013). Judge Méira Cook says about the poem:

". . . images accrue richly and wittily. . . . I love how well this poem ends, its sense of decorum, as well as the amiable and slightly abrasive rub of pragmatism against the density of images that precede it."

Richard is currently a graduate student here at UNB, and last term served as an editorial assistant of The Fiddlehead.


Congratulations to Craig Davidson (MA 2003)

October 8, 2013 - Craig's book Cataract City has made the shortlist for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize! The winner will be announced on November 5. 

Cataract City


Congratulations to Adam Dickinson (MA 1999)

October 2, 2013 - Adam's book The Polymers is one of five shortlisted books for the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. 

The Polymers


Congratulations to Matthew Tierney!

June 18, 2013 - Matthew has won the 2013 Trillium Prize for Poetry ($10,000) for his third collection Probably Inevitable.

Probably Inevitable

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Congratulations to Creative Writing Alumni on Recent Faculty Appointments!

Stewart ColeCharmaine CadeauJames ArthurHolly Luhning

Stewart Cole (Creative Writing MA, 2006): University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Charmaine Cadeau (Creative Writing MA, 2003): High Point University, North Carolina

James Arthur (Creative Writing MA, 2001): Johns Hopkins University       

Holly Luhning (Creative Writing MA, 2002): University of Surrey, England

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Congratulations to Shane Rhodes (MA 1998)

Shane is currently the 2013 Arts Queensland writer-in-residence, a very prestigious position that includes feature readings at the Queensland Poetry Festival and the Brisbane Writers Festival. 

Shane Rhodes

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2012

Congrats Craig Davidson!

Congratulations to James Arthur, MA 2001

Congratulations to James on his appointment as 2012-13 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University

and on the recent publication of his poetry collection Charms Against Lightning (Copper Canyon Press, 2012)

Charms Against Lightning

Congratulations to Emily Ruskovich, Creative Writing MA 2009

Congratulation to Emily on being selected 2011-12 McCreight Fiction Fellow at University of Wisconsin

and on her two-book deal with Random House, New York

Emily Ruskovich

Congratulations to the 2012 Creative Writing Prize Winners:

Linnea Fetter - Bliss Carman Memorial Prize

Katherine Murray - David H. Walker Prize

Richie MacFarlane - Sir Charles G.D. Robert Prize

Congratulations to Matthew Heiti, Creative Writing MA, 2010

Congratulations Matthew on his nomination together with Ryan Ward for a Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay, Son of the Sunshine

Genie Awards

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Congratulations to Shane Rhodes

Shane Rhodes

 

 

 

Congratulations to Shane Rhodes Creative Writing MA, 1998

Gold, National Magazine Awards for poems "Pearl" and "The Body"

 

 

 

 


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Congratulations to our UNB Writers presented in the Malahat Review 176

The Malahat Review 176Allison LaSorda, Creative Writing MA, 2011
Three poems

Rebecca Geleyn, Creative Writing MA, 2011
Three poems

Danny Jacobs, Creative Writing MA, 2008
Four poems

Sharon McCartney, Honorary Research Associate
Four poems

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Winning Awards for Kristel Thornell's Night Street

Congratulations to Kristel Thornell, Creative Writing MA, 2002. For winning the following awards for her novel Night Street

Night Works1. The Australian/Vogel Literary Award

2. The Dobbie Literature Award

3. Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award

4. Fellowship of Australian Writers Barbara Ramsden Award

and shortlisted for

1. New South Wales Premier's Award for New Writing

2. New South Wales Premier's Award for New Fiction

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Congratulations to the 2011 Creative Writing Prize Winners:

Michael Jessome - Bliss Carman Memorial Prize

Peter Forestell - David H. Walker Prize

Nikki Chapman - Sir Charles G.D. Robert Prize

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UNB Students Crowned with the Malahats

Congratulations to:

Matt Robinson: Creative Writing MA, 2000

The Malahat Long Poem Prize $500 for "against the hard angle"


Shane Rhodes: Creative Writing MA, 1998

The P. K. Page Founder's Award for Poetry $1,000 recognizes the best poem published in 2009 for "For Donnie Peters (1964-1999)"

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UNB Students Sweep up the Grain Awards

$ 1, 250.00 to each Winner!!

Congratulations to:

Matthew Heiti: Creative Writing MA, current
Short Grain Fiction Prize for "Snakeskin Boots"

Danny Jacobs Creative Writing MA, 2008
Short Grain Poetry Prize for "How to Shoot Skeet with My Grandfather's Lost Double Barrell"

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